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WRAL News Poll: N.C. voters have yet to form opinion on U.S. Senate candidates

Posted March 30, 2010

— A month before the primaries, North Carolina voters have yet to form an opinion on the candidates for U.S. Senate, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WRAL News.

Meet the candidates for U.S. Senate

Between March 26 and 28, surveyors asked 535 registered voters in North Carolina about the candidates for the Senate and found that only incumbent Republican Richard Burr was well-known enough that a clear majority of voters have an opinion about him.

Poll: Most N.C. residents unsure of Senate candidates Political scientist explains poll results

Burr was viewed favorably by 32 percent of registered voters surveyed. Twenty-four percent had an unfavorable opinion of Burr. About 17 percent were neutral and 28 percent said they had no opinion.

The margin of error for the question was plus or minus 3.8 percent.

Percentage of neutral and no opinion responses for each candidate:

CandidateNeutralNo opinion
Larry Linney (R)2268
Brad Jones (R)2065
Eddie Burk (R)2164
Richard Burr (R)1728
Marcus Williams (D)1961
Ann Worthy (D)2062
Elaine Marshall (D)2049
Ken Lewis (D)2256
Susan Harris (D)2360
Cal Cunningham (D)2658
Michael Beitler (L)2065

Survey USA asked 600 people – voters and those not registered – to identify the most important issue facing the country. By a wide margin, those surveyed named the economy.  The next important issue for voters was health care.

About 41 percent felt that Congress has gone too far with recently passed health care reform legislation. Twenty-two percent said they would like the health care system left alone and 20 percent said they supported the changes that are being made.

The margin of error on the issue questions varied between plus or minus 3.8 percent and plus or minus 4 percent.

WRAL News Poll: Questions, answers and methodology

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  • lapj Mar 31, 5:09 p.m.

    Hey WRAL, your bias is showing again. Why didn't you show that the same poll shows that Elaine Marshall only has a 14% favorability rating and the rest of the dems running in the primary have even lower ratings? Why single out Burr's favorability rating?

  • NCPictures Mar 31, 4:00 p.m.

    "Do you mean the ones that are whining about only making(a projected) $2,000,000,000 instead of $3,000,000,000? I, case you don't understand that's $2 Billion instead of $3 Billion. Yeah they are hurting sooo bad!" ---SME2

    And with that we have another fine example of a person that obviously doesnt understand economics or business.

    Heres a clue.... what do you think they do with that money they make???? Perhaps hire more people? Do research into new products so they can hire new people? What do you think the chances of hiring more people if the profit (I trust you know the difference between income and profit, right?) is lower versus higher?

  • NCPictures Mar 31, 3:56 p.m.

    I have an opinion....... if you are an incumbent.... you are gone.

  • GlobalHoax Mar 31, 12:45 p.m.

    I wish Kay Hagen were running again. She sold us out to socialized medicine, and she'll be right there to help Obama with his other government take over plans.

  • SME2 Mar 31, 12:36 p.m.

    Now let's see how many big corporations will layoff or close do to the unsustainable taxes that will be imposed on them. And...even if they don't close I predict NO RAISES, NO NEW HIRES...darn corporations.

    MitziGaynor

    Do you mean the ones that are whining about only making(a projected) $2,000,000,000 instead of $3,000,000,000? I, case you don't understand that's $2 Billion instead of $3 Billion. Yeah they are hurting sooo bad!

  • MitziGaynor Mar 31, 12:22 p.m.

    pbjbeach: Well I haven't formed an opinion about Burr, but he was not for "welfare" HC, and without the "big" corporations in NC the unemployment would even be higher. I work for a big corp, I have HC, I have a JOB!!! Now let's see how many big corporations will layoff or close do to the unsustainable taxes that will be imposed on them. And...even if they don't close I predict NO RAISES, NO NEW HIRES...darn corporations.

  • Lloyd Christmas Mar 31, 12:04 p.m.

    I say vote for Bietler. A vote for the rest is a vote to continue the two party political machine that many have come to hate and complain about yet do nothing to change. Now is your opportunity.

  • luv2pla88 Mar 31, 12:01 p.m.

    Everyone should go to Congress.org - and see how all the Congress members from NC voted ...not all the Democrats voted for the healthcare mess....only Price, Butterfield, Ethridge & Miller....and they need to go....then Kay Hagan goes in two years as she also voted for healthcare...Richard Burr has done a good job.....at least he listens...the Democrats need to go....along with Bev Perdue in 2 years....we have to clean this mess up......then in 2012 get rid of the socialist President that the majority of voters of NC so graciously helped to elect...I can proudly say I wasn't among them.

  • fatchanceimwrong Mar 31, 11:48 a.m.

    They've yet to form an opinion because most have not educated themselves about who the candidates are and where they stand on issues of importance. The last presidential election was about electing the 1st black President and that's what most were voting for. Let's hope that for this next election people will learn something about the candidates so they can make an informed choice. I expect voter turnout to be much lower than it was in the presidential election because many of those Obama voters have no interest this time.

  • Sarge Mar 31, 11:31 a.m.

    Out with the old, in with the new, that's my opinion!

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